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Blog Extension?

Thread began 8/19/2009 1:57 am by anonymous | Last modified 8/24/2009 6:48 pm by Ray Borduin | 1283 views | 6 replies |


Blog Extension?

Just an idea, but one of the requests I hear all the time from people is they want a blog.

Sure, I get that people can power blogs using WordPress, Express Engine, etc... but the one problem that all those sites/template driven frameworks have is that a person is limited to the framework's extension.

In contrast, with WebAssist stuff and a bit of hand coding, I can build any application I want and have it do exactly what I want which is why I choose this route. But, I have been thinking about some things that would really speed up development overall and two things that come to mind are a Blog Extension and secondly, a Forum extension.

With the Blog Extension, though, I think it would be great to open a WebAssist wizard - pick the things we want to display on the blog such as date and it's styling, categories, tags, preview length, etc. Then we could simply sink it right into our client's sites.

I recently built my new site and blog on there using WebAssist tools, Dreamweaver behaviors, and hand coding... but thought it would be really cool if I could speed up the design of such an undertaking. You can view my creation here: blog.php

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CraigRBeta Tester

i like this idea, whether an extension or a recipe using other WA tools.

I haven't been interested in creating a blog for myself, but i have just been asked to create a site for a charity I know, and I think a blog would be useful for it.

a few pointers in the right direction would save me a bit of research.

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Dave BuchholzBeta Tester


that is really nice, just shows what can be achieved with a bit of effort

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Thanks for the kind words, Dave.

My thought would be a two part extension... one for front-end and one for back-end. The back-end would really be the same technology as Data Assist - just with the necessary items for the blog pages - so it would create a blog results page and add/update pages with the necessary items for date, tags, categories, etc.

The front-end would be similar to CSS Form Builder allowing you to pick which elements you want and perhaps a few pre-built CSS styles for the blog.



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Ray BorduinWebAssist

We would be more likely to start with a Blog Solution, or a larger solution for a site that includes a blog along with other features.

What features would you like to see in a blog? Comments, ratings. What would DataAssist need added to it? What extra is necessary for blog pages?

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Definitely the basics:

1. Be able to define what is seen with the blog - such as date, time, comments.

2. Be able to determine how comments can be made - maybe a global variable that determines if there is public commenting or if the user has to be authenticated.

DataAssist could be used much in the way SecurityAssist has the registration solution. It would just require that the user created a database table with the necessary columns to capture what is needed for blogs.

Another way to do this - which I think would be a tremendous advantage to WebAssist - would be to make blog (and maybe later a forum) part of the Power CMS solution. The beauty of Power CMS is that it provides simple includes to easily place the dynamic content on any page. It then allows us designers to concentrate on look and feel of the front end rather than writing code all day long.

Just like the Power CMS includes already do, how great would it be if you wanted to add the Blog "Category" module to display categories and number of entries; anywhere you wanted on the site just by placing the include code automatically generated by Power CMS. The same thing for a "Tag" module. In fact it could all be broken out into modules that are PHP dynamic pages generated in Power CMS and the user would just place the desired include code to add those features.

That way, on a page that may not include blog entries, but you may want to display the categories or, say, latest comments, you would just grab that include code and put it where you want. But this would certainly be the most efficient way to do. As you know, I wrote my own blog app using WebAssist products but it is definitely time consuming writing the code to loop through comma delimited lists of categories or tags and then later creating the module where you first query for unique keywords and then query again for how many of each show up in the various blog entries.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Thanks for the feedback. We will look through and evaluate your ideas when working on our next solution.

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